By Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg

Tune Name and DescriptionFirst LineFiles
Newton. C.M. (2009) minor fuging tune 4/4 time In vain I trace creation o'er pdf mp3
Sweetest Joys. C.P.M. (2012) major folk hymn 6/4 time Say, mighty Love, and teach my song, pdf
Compassion. S.M. (2007–9) minor fuging tune 4/4 time What is it keeps me back, pdf mp3
Auburndale. C.M.D. (2009) minor fuging tune 4/4 time O for a thousand tongues to sing pdf mp3
Anniston. L.M. (2013) major plain tune 4/4 time Sweet is the day of sacred rest, pdf mp3
Farewell Brethren. C.M. (2010) major plain tune 4/4 time Brethren, I bid you all farewell, pdf mp3
Hamrick. 7s. (2006–7) major plain tune 3/4 time Lord, I would be as Thou art; pdf mp3 mp3
Middletown. L.M.D. (2008) minor fuging tune 4/4 time Broad is the road that leads to death pdf
Akerman. L.P.M. (2012) major fuging tune 4/4 time Where'er he spreads his beams abroad, pdf
Dearborn. S.P.M. (2008) minor fuging tune 4/4 time When men of mischief rise pdf mp3
A Glimpse of Thee. L.M. (2009) major fuging tune 4/4 time Lord, what a heav'n of saving grace pdf mp3
Ceresa. C.P.M. (2010) major fuging tune 4/4 time Thou God of harmony and love, pdf mp3
Clinton. C.M. (2010) major fuging tune 4/4 time Let every mortal ear attend, pdf
Now I Was Free. (2005–9) major ode 4/4 time I looked at my hand to see if … pdf
Home in Heaven. 7s. (2007) major folk hymn 6/4 time Though the world may me disown, pdf mp3
Moreland. L.M. (2016) major plain tune 3/4 time I am a stranger here below, pdf
Gadsden. L.M.D. (2013) minor fuging tune 4/4 time Spare us, O Lord, aloud we pray, pdf mp3
Waddell Street. C.M. (2014) major fuging tune 4/4 time O land of rest for thee I sigh: pdf
Ezekiel's Vision. (2014) major anthem multiple modes of time I beheld, and lo a likeness as … pdf
Norfolk. S.M. (2012) minor fuging tune 4/4 time My days are as the grass pdf
Lee. C.M. (2013–14) minor plain tune 3/4 time Not from the dust affliction grows, pdf
Aaron's Beard. (2012) major anthem multiple modes of time Behold, how good and how pleasant it is pdf
Saint's Reward. L.P.M. (2008) major fuging tune 4/4 time For ever blessed be the Lord, pdf mp3
Heavenly Choir. 10s & 11s. (2010) minor part song 2/4 time Ye heavenly choir, assist me to sing, pdf mp3
Worship. 8s & 7s. (2009) major camp meeting tune 2/4 time Brethren, we have met to worship, pdf mp3 mp3
Carroll. 11s. (2011) major plain tune 4/4 time Dear God my protector my father and friend, pdf
Prayer of Faith. S.M. (2007) major fuging tune 4/4 time Hungry, and faint, and poor pdf
Choccolocco. L.M. (2009) minor fuging tune 4/4 time I am a stranger here below, pdf mp3
Valley Grove. S.M. (2008) minor fuging tune 4/4 time And am I born to die? pdf
Błazej. S.M. (2008) major part song 2/4 time My Maker and my King, pdf
Wilscot. S.M. (2008) major fuging tune 4/4 time Blest are the sons of peace, pdf mp3
Latham. C.M. (2009) minor plain tune 3/4 time Not from the dust affliction grows, pdf mp3
Macon. C.M.D. (2007–8) major folk hymn 4/4 time Dear friends, farewell, I do you tell pdf mp3
Eagle Lake. 8s & 7s. (2009) minor folk hymn 6/4 time Dark and thorny is the desert pdf mp3
Douglasville. C.M.D. (2008) major fuging tune 4/4 time Eternal Sun of righteousness, pdf
Averill Park. C.M.D. (2009) minor camp meeting tune 6/8 time Oh weep not for the joys that fade pdf mp3
Boston. L.M.D. (2010) minor fuging tune 4/4 time No more I ask, or hope to find, pdf
Everlasting. C.M.D. (2009) minor fuging tune 4/4 time "Wise, just, and righteous are thy ways;" pdf mp3

About Jesse

I have been composing music in the styles of the Sacred Harp since 2003. I have learned about writing music from Raymond C. Hamrick, P. Dan Brittain, and Neely Bruce as well as from my fellow tune writers from the Northeastern United States: Aldo Ceresa, Allison Blake Steel, Gregory Mulkern, Lauren Bock, and Justin Levi, among others. My tunes "Hamrick," "Newton," and "Clinton" are included in the Northern Harmony (Fifth Edition, 2012). Another tune of mine, "A Glimpse of Thee," is included in The Sacred Harp (Revised Cooper Edition, 2012) with an alternate text under the name "National Blessings." Two more songs, "Douglasville" and "Wilscot," are included in The Shenandoah Harmony (2013). Seven songs of mine are included in issues of The Trumpet (2011–2014).

Much of my inspiration has come from studying the music of composers who directly contributed to The Sacred Harp. I am particularly fond of the songs in our book by Daniel Read, William Walker, E. J. King, Edmund Dumas, J. P. & H. S. Rees, O. A. Parris, Paine Denson, and A. M. Cagle.

Along with Aldo Ceresa, Allison Blake Steel, and other singer-composers, I’ve helped organize gatherings where composers active in the Sacred Harp tradition meet to sing and discuss each others music in the context of trying to better understand this tradition. Since 2006, I've attended and helped organize such gatherings at singings and singing schools in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia in the United States, and in Poland.

I sing tenor and bass at Sacred Harp singings in Georgia, Alabama, and beyond. I serve as vice president of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company, the non-profit organization that publishes The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. I also edit The Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter and serve as director of research for the Publishing Company's Sacred Harp Museum. I teach regularly at Camp Fasola, an annual summer camp for learning Sacred Harp singing and traditions. I research and write on the history and social context of Sacred Harp singing and wrote a doctoral dissertation on the subject titled "Folklore's Filter: Race, Place, and Sacred Harp Singing."

I would appreciate any feedback about these tunes. Please feel free to e-mail me at jesse@jpkarlsberg.com.

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